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China's 'democracy village' chief loses court appeal

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> No second chances for China's democracy village. The former chief of Ukon losing his appeal on Thursday. A local court upholding a three year jail sentence and $30,000 fine on charges of corruption. Rose to power in an extremely rare local election five years ago. Reuters' Greg Torode says that behind his fall is a message for the rest of the country.
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>> Well, it's quite clear the authorities don't want Wukan to spread. There's a lot of speculation inside and outside the country that this feeds into the broader sense of crackdown across China. Whether it's human rights lawyers, labor groups, or what have you. The hopes of what, just a few years ago, was seen as the Wukang spring are now lying sort of in ashes, really.
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>> Lin was charged with taking bribes, and confessed on state TV. His supporters say the charges were trumped up and the confession fake. His detention and arrest sparking huge protests in Wukang quickly snuffed out by a massive show of force last month. Experts say the village's experiment with democracy isn't likely to be repeated soon.
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>> Wukang was something of a unique experiment in that there are many other villages at the grassroots where there is forms of democracy, but Communist party chiefs are sort of in control of managing it, if you like. What was amazing about Wukang was that in the glare of international publicity, the local Communist party authorities did back down and allow the local villages to have their own secret ballots.
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But it seems that they are determined to completely seal it off and let things just lie completely low there in terms of any kind of reform.>> So far, there's been no reaction on Lien's case out of Wukang, which is still sealed off from the outside world.